All southbound lanes of Interstate 85 are back open in Concord after crews spent part of the day on a paving project.
Crews closed the left lane of I-85 South near Exit 54 (George Liles Parkway) from 10 a.m. until about 1 p.m. for the construction project, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
State transportation officials said crews were milling and resurfacing pavement on the interstate between an area north of the Coddle Creek bridge to the entrance ramp from George Liles.
“The work needs to be done during daylight hours so temperatures will be warm enough to apply the asphalt mix needed for the repairs,” officials said in a news release.
The DOT is working to widen about seven miles of I-85 from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard to north of N.C. 73. The work is part of a broader project to build a new I-85/I-485 interchange and finish the remaining 5.7-miles of the I-485 outer loop around Mecklenburg County.
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